Digital technology is changing the way patients receive personalized healthcare. While the tech was in place before 2020, the rapid spread of COVID-19 made it essential that more practices offer telehealth for various conditions. Here are some of the factors driving this trend and what virtual healthcare can look like in 2022 and beyond.
Chronic Disease Management
One of the best uses of telehealth services is the management of chronic diseases. For those who have regular maintenance and medication, such as diabetics or asthmatics, making physical doctor appointments for refills when nothing has changed, and the condition is managed well can be a major inconvenience. Saving doctor appointments for more significant concerns means someone with a chronic illness can have a more normal life and still get the regular refills and check-ins they need.
The Use of Smart Technologies
Telehealth isn’t just a doctor’s appointment over Zoom. Physicians and patients are working together using smart technology to help collect data in real-time. For example, diabetic patients can monitor their blood sugar in an app. As long as things stay even, telehealth and regular check-ins are enough. But when something in the app shows the physician that the situation has changed, they can recommend a different course of action.
More patients today also prefer virtual interaction. For example, it can be easier to check in through telehealth services after outpatient surgery as long as there are no complications. Older adults also embrace telehealth because they may not have access to transportation to and from clinics for routine check-ups.
Today’s big trend also means more people are taking an active role in their self-care, including medical management. With access to tools at home, including telehealth and smart technology, more people are in control over their complete health profile. Easier access to healthier living leads directly to fewer health problems requiring medical care.
Home Healthcare of the Future
What does this mean for the future of healthcare? Home healthcare, including telehealth, is expected to grow almost 8% annually over the next ten years. While some medical interventions can’t be done virtually, we expect to see more options for providers to visit patients rather than centralized healthcare. This can mean reduced reliance on long-term care facilities as well as more personal health empowerment.
Is telehealth the right professional move for your organization? Contact Fortus Healthcare Resources to learn more today.